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What Hurts You Most Makes You Stronger: The Case of Chiron

12 November 2022by Frederick0
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We have been hurt before. And from the wounds we suffered draws us closer to discovering our strengths and the bountiful resources we have to start all over, and eventually become an inspiration to others.

You’d probably be familiar with the asteroid Chiron (In Greek: Χείρων; pronounced as Kai-Ron) if you’re not new to astrology. If you are, then you’ve come to the right place!

In astrology, Chiron represents what is known as the “wounded healer” and having a Chiron placement on your birth chart describes the area of life in which you require healing and a potential point of inspiration to others.

Let me share the story of a Greek mythical character named Chiron and why he is known as the “wounded healer”.

 

The Story of Chiron

The Story of Chiron (Part 1)
The Story of Chiron (Part 1)

Chiron is the son of the Greek god Kronos (AKA Saturn in Roman culture) and his mother, Philyra, was a beautiful water-nymph. Kronos was searching for his then baby son, Zeus with the intention of devouring him for supper that night. However, Kronos was distracted from his goal upon seeing Philyra, one of the 3,000 Oceanids, daughters of the Titans Oceanus and Tethys.

Kronos began to lust after Philyra but she did not share in his desires. In the attempt to flee from the lustful advances of Kronos, Phylira transformed into a mare but Kronos caught up with her after turning himself into a stallion and violently raped her on Mount Pelion. After he had satisfied his own desires, Kronos left, never to return.

When Philyra gave birth to her son, Chiron, she was so disgusted by what she saw and abandoned the child. Chiron is a centaur-like creature that took the form of his father, Kronos. This abandonment by both parents was terrible news for Chiron at such a young age. His parents could have been there to love and care for young Chiron, but instead, he was later adopted by the Greek sun god, Apollo.

Apollo was the grandson of Kronos and so, Apollos was both Chiron’s father and nephew. Such is the weird chronology of Greek Mythology!

The Story of Chiron (Part 2)
The Story of Chiron (Part 2)

After Chiron’s adoption, Apollo taught him all that he knew and then, Chiron became a powerful mentor to the sons of kings and many of the most famous Greek heroes such as Jason, Asclepius, Hercules and Achilles.

One day, during a skirmish with the centaurs, Hercules accidentally wounded his friend and mentor, Chiron, in the knee with one of his arrows. The arrows Hercules had chosen to use were coated with the blood of Hydra, which was known to cause wounds that would never heal. Imagine being an immortal with a wound that could never heal, the pain goes on forever.

With no relief, the wound caused Chiron great pain and suffering. Responsible for the wound, Hercules struck a deal with Kronos. At that time, a Titan god Prometheus was taken captive by Zeus, the chief Olympian god, for stealing fire from Olympia to give it to the mortals. Every day, Zeus’ eagle would feed on Prometheus’ liver, and every night, his liver would heal. In order for Prometheus to be released, an immortal had to take his place at Tartarus. By stepping into Tartarus, an immortal had to give up his immortality and die.

Chiron agreed to take the place of Prometheus, and eventually died and was finally released from his wound that would never heal.

Chiron was honoured with the constellation of Centaurus, which is also known as Sagittarius.

Therefore, Chiron is associated with the sign of Sagittarius which rules the 9th House on the birth chart, which represents higher education, philosophy, mentorship, legal matters, foreign cultures, long-distance travel, religion and mass communication.

Chiron in Astronomy & Astrology
Chiron in Astronomy & Astrology

Pain As Guidance & Healing To Others

Although Chiron was wounded and abandoned by his loved ones, he was compassionate, respectful, faithful and loyal. He was a centaur but stood out from the rest of his kind for having vast experience and exemplary traits of a good man. This raised his humanity status above other beast-like centaurs.

The asteroid Chiron teaches us that we can be of great healing resource and guidance to those who have suffered similar fate in life. One also has the ability and strength to rise up and overcome his crisis caused by pain and learn from it, instead of wallowing in self-pity.

Chiron is about being an inspiration and of help to others through hurtful situations. We can also be strong despite our wounds. We can turn our negative situation into someone’s positive outcome by guiding, counselling, healing and teaching.

On our birth chart, Chiron sits in an area of our life where we receive the greatest pain yet, it’s an area where we can assist others with the insights and experience that we gained about ourselves from the pain we suffered.

 

Chiron In The Signs & Houses

Chiron’s placement in the zodiac signs reveals the nature of how Chiron is expressed. In addition, Chiron’s placement in the houses on your birth chart shows you the context of your life and the area of your psyche in which Chiron is expressed.

I shall briefly state the expressions for each sign and houses for your information and if you’re curious to know where your Chiron is located on your birth chart and how Chiron affects your life and your belief system, feel free to leave your comments below or contact me.

 

Chiron in Aries or the 1st House

Chiron in Aries or 1st House
Chiron in Aries or 1st House

  • Having the wound of self and identity
  • May feel a lack of self-confidence, self-worth, and focus
  • May feel out of place and don’t belong due to your attitude towards life
  • You are wounded in your inner-child and that affects how you perceive your identity, self-worth and life itself
  • May struggle with negativism relating to your physical body, image, and appearances

My encouragement to you:

We are here for a purpose and you are important enough to make a difference to others. First, improve on your image or appearance, and place yourself among people who inspire you and bring positivity into your life.

 

Chiron in Taurus or the 2nd House

Chiron in Taurus or 2nd House
Chiron in Taurus or 2nd House

  • Having the wound of insecurity and loss
  • May feel afraid of losing something important such as safety, money or love
  • May feel insecure with what they have and may desire more
  • May have grown up feeling that others are putting you down which could have affected your self-esteem
  • May feel like it is difficult to make or keep your money without depending on others for resources or on loans

My encouragement to you:

What you have is sufficient to help you excel in life. It’s not about having resources but being resourceful and a blessing to others around you. You can be a mentor or a guide to helping others improve their finances and self-esteem once you have overcome your difficulties.

 

Chiron in Gemini or the 3rd House

Chiron in Gemini or 3rd House
Chiron in Gemini or 3rd House

  • Having the wound of being understood
  • May feel unintelligent or ungifted in articulating thoughts to make sense
  • May feel different from others due to the manner they express their ideas which can be controversial or unorthodox in that community
  • May have grown up experiencing difficulties with your siblings or neighbours, and encountered bullying during your early education (e., Kindergarten to Grade 12)
  • May encounter problems with learning, speaking and writing growing up but these become healing for you as you grow older

My encouragement to you:

You may want to help others improve their learning, speaking and writing after you’ve overcome your difficulties and master this area of your weakness. People do not seek to understand right away. Speak only to be understood and tell others only what they want to hear. Reserve the truth for those who seek your opinion genuinely.

 

Chiron in Cancer or the 4th House

Chiron in Cancer or 4th House
Chiron in Cancer or 4th House

  • Having the wound associated with the home, family and past domestic matters
  • May feel unloved and abandoned even by the ones who are close to you
  • May feel lonely, empty, and unworthy of love caused by past trauma in the family
  • Your wounds caused you to have negative inner voice and self-talk which will bring forth negativity into your life
  • You may have issues relating to your mother or with women in life and this is something you need to heal from

My encouragement to you:

You can love yourself if no one else loves you, but the truth is, there are people who care and you only need to draw yourself closer to them. Build your own family and this will help you heal from your insecurities. Take care of others in your home, be involved in domestic matters and learn to overcome your pain from your past. Only when you overcome your difficulties with family, you can help others do the same.

 

Chiron in Leo or the 5th House

Chiron in Leo or 5th House
Chiron in Leo or 5th House

  • Having the wound associated with creativity, sexuality, romance and children
  • May feel like you’re not gifted enough to be remarkable and capable on your own
  • May feel that you have nothing creative enough to add value to a group or community
  • May experience many significant heartbreaks in life
  • May have bad experiences or faced difficulties with children

My encouragement to you:

There is nothing wrong to be shameless because only by making yourself known, you give visibility to your talents that will eventually add value to those who need what you can offer. Engaging in romance and dating, meaningful activities or hobbies, and being around children can be healing for you once you have overcome your struggles.

 

Chiron in Virgo or the 6th House

Chiron in Virgo or 6th House
Chiron in Virgo or 6th House

  • Having the wound associated with physical health and service to others
  • May worry about how others judge you and your flaws that you tend to hide very well
  • May feel the need to be structured in your daily routines and having a healthy lifestyle
  • May feel as though you need to constantly ‘fix’ yourself instead of being of service to others and making an impact in their lives

My encouragement to you:

Healing only comes when you let go of your need to be perfect. At the same time, you need to focus on taking care of your health and have a productive daily routine. If you can, own a pet and be in a career that allows you to provide services to others in the area of health and wellness.

 

Chiron in Libra or the 7th House

Chiron in Libra or 7th House
Chiron in Libra or 7th House

  • Having the wound of partnerships and open enemies
  • May feel that someone is missing from your life, such as your ideal life partner and you spend a lot of time trying to fill that empty void
  • May experience wounds caused by loneliness, past relationships or failed marriages
  • Learn to overcome your difficulties with one-to-one relationships by engaging in activities or career associated with mediation, marriage counselling, and sales.

My encouragement to you:

You are your own soul mate so, connect with your inner self. Learn how to be authentic in relationships without being afraid of revealing your true self. Once you’ve overcome the struggles with your relationships, you can then help others deal with issues associated with relationships in general, especially marriage and business relations.

 

Chiron in Scorpio or the 8th House

Chiron in Scorpio or 8th House
Chiron in Scorpio or 8th House

  • Having the wound associated with power and control, sexual intimacy and debt
  • May tend to struggle with gaining or losing control over certain matters or people
  • May be rather guarded and lacking in trust due to the past traumas in relationships
  • May have encountered situations involving debt which resulted in a wounding experience afterwards
  • May struggle with physical and emotional intimacy

My encouragement to you:

Develop healthy boundaries for yourself in order to regain control over your life. Power comes from within you and healing comes only when you are self-empowered. Once you’ve overcome your difficulties in managing your wounds, you can help others heal from their wounds associated with debt, intimacy, and personal power.

 

Chiron in Sagittarius or the 9th House

Chiron in Sagittarius or 9th House
Chiron in Sagittarius or 9th House

  • Having the wound associated with faith and existence, as well as higher education and long distance travel
  • May need to make wise decisions when it comes to higher education, publishing rights and long distance travel otherwise, they become wounding experiences
  • May feel tied down by others and that life is meaningless
  • May have struggled with religion growing up

My encouragement to you:

Life is a journey and you are probably seeking meaning in various places except yourself. Learn to connect more with your Higher Self, because this will enable you to make wise choices relating to finding your purpose in life as well as higher learning and having a sound belief system.

 

Chiron in Capricorn or the 10th House

Chiron in Capricorn or 10th House
Chiron in Capricorn or 10th House

  • Having the wounds of reputation and career
  • May feel unnoticed or unacknowledged for whatever you do in your career
  • Strong need for respect and recognition for what you have achieved
  • May need to make wise decision associated with your reputation or else it will become a wounding experience

My encouragement to you:

Learn to manage your public image by being wise with your words and actions. It may be hard to see advancement in your career but once you do, it can be a healing experience for you. So, stop trying too hard but don’t give up. Listen to your inner voice to discover what your true purpose is before you embark on your pursuits.

 

Chiron in Aquarius or the 11th House

Chiron in Aquarius or 11th House
Chiron in Aquarius or 11th House

  • Having the wounds of associations, shared ideals, networks and friends
  • May feel like an outsider in every situation and life is like a lonesome journey
  • Tend to feel unsafe, ungrounded, and self-conscious around others in social settings
  • May need to form friendships with trustworthy and like-minded people

My encouragement to you:

We are all unique and so are you. Accept and be comfortable with yourself. Only then, you will understand what makes you stand out among the rest and be a powerful catalyst in the things you want to see in your community. You may want to engage in humanitarian and philanthropic work as they can be healing for you.

 

Chiron in Pisces or the 12th House

Chiron in Pisces or 12th House
Chiron in Pisces or 12th House

  • Having the wounds associated with mental health, places of isolation, selfless service and spirituality
  • May feel like a victim in life, constantly being thrown into situations where you had to deal with unfairness, injustice, betrayal and rejection
  • May feel overwhelming empathy or cynicism towards others, depending on which polarity you’ve been triggered by while being stuck in your emotional suffering
  • Prioritize your mental health at all costs
  • Avoid engagement in criminal or illegal activity

My encouragement to you:

Confront your own negativism. Face your problems instead of running away from it. This is a great way to heal. Other good ways to heal are to help others in their struggles with mental health, practice spirituality, and working in places of isolation where you can selflessly serve humanity.

 


 

There you go!

I have briefly summarised Chiron in its respective signs and houses and how they each have significant impact over your life.

To discover how your birth chart makes you who you are and what you can do to overcome your challenges, book my time by sending me an email or a WhatsApp message so that I can help you through your difficult journey.

Feel free to leave your comments below or ask any question you may have. I’m always happy to help!

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